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How Dungeons & Dragons Influenced a Generation of Writers (SLNYT)

For certain writers, especially those raised in the 1970s and ’80s, all that time spent in basements has paid off. D&D helped jump-start their creative lives. When he was an immigrant boy growing up in New Jersey, the writer Junot Díaz said he felt marginalized. But that feeling was dispelled somewhat in 1981 when he was in sixth grade. He and his buddies, adventuring pals with roots in distant realms — Egypt, Ireland, Cuba and the Dominican Republic — became “totally sucked in,” he said, by a “completely radical concept: role-playing,” in the form of Dungeons & Dragons. [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Jul 20, 2014 - 35 comments

Storytelling in worlds of swords & sorcery

After two years of public playtest and discussion, the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons makes its debut today. The Basic Rules are now available as a free PDF. [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Jul 3, 2014 - 119 comments

David A. Trampier, 1954-2014

Legendary old school tabletop RPG artist David Trampier (mentioned previously a few times on the blue) created some of the most striking iconic art which helped define the look of 1st edition Advanced D&D. He grew disillusioned with the business in the late eighties and cut off all contact with his former employers (ceasing cashing royalty checks), disappearing with such finality that Dragon Magazine assumed he was dead. By chance, some fifteen years later he appeared in a local news story in Carbondale, Illinois where he was working as a taxi driver. He politely but firmly rejected all invitations to step back into his previous career. This week he passed away at the age of 59. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Mar 28, 2014 - 64 comments

The more I play D&D, the more I want to get away from this world.

"What had fallen into my hot little hands was none other than one of the booklets that Patricia Pulling and her fellow members of Bothered About Dungeons & Dragons would hand out to people - police, pastors, parents, teachers, and librarians - to help 'educate' them about this terrible 'danger.' It was a crowning jewel to any collection of anti-RPG propaganda."
posted by griphus on Mar 22, 2014 - 86 comments

Roll for initiative.

The Only Fantasy World Map You'll Ever Need.
posted by fings on Mar 19, 2014 - 100 comments

Roll d4308!

A handy categorized index to the hilarious and useful d12 tables of The Dungeon Dozen, for mischievous DMs everywhere. Now up to 359 random tables! Alphabetically. This page will select a few random tables for you. (Previously)
posted by JHarris on Jan 25, 2014 - 15 comments

40 Years in the Dungeons

January 26, 2014 will mark the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons, and the anniversary will culminate with an event called Tyranny of Dragons. The playtest of the forthcoming D&D Next has been ongoing since 2012, and the final playtest version is available. Alternatively, the original game (complete with its supplements) is available as a boxed set. [more inside]
posted by graymouser on Jan 24, 2014 - 139 comments

If the spell wasn't supposed to do that, it wouldn't be in the PHB.

Seven Ways to Kill the Tarrasque (in D&D 3.0)
posted by griphus on Dec 24, 2013 - 114 comments

Untitled Ancient Miniature Rules

Playing at the World is a blog about the early days of tabletop RPGs. Select articles include "How Gaming Got Its Dice" (and the followup "The Origins of Dice Notation,") "The Early Works of Gary Gygax, " "A Playtesting Edition of Dungeons & Dragons (1973)" (and the followup "The Dalluhn Manuscript: In Detail and On Display") and "Character Sheets in 1975."
posted by griphus on Sep 13, 2013 - 36 comments

What Kind of D&D Character Would You Be?

"This [129 question] survey will determine your ability scores, fantasy race, class, alignment, and character level describing what you would be if you were transformed into a Dungeons and Dragons character."
posted by jedicus on Aug 13, 2013 - 303 comments

15 ways to waste your day online with Tim Holman

tholman.com is the playground and folio of interactive developer Tim Holman, where he has posted 15 different projects, both interactive (fizzy cam [info/demo]; ZenPen; Texter; and Image Nodes) and passive (Meet the Ipsums, more than 30 text generators, from corporate to batman; the useless web; dripping paint). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 7, 2013 - 8 comments

Simon and the rat both feel it's best to just ignore each other

"The very first single-player dungeoncrawl game was not a video game. It was a series of charts printed in the first edition of Dungeons & Dragons, back in 1979. By rolling dice according to the instructions, you could generate a dungeon which was illogical, arbitrary, super-lethal, and which often didn't even produce useable results.
THIS GAME USES THOSE CHARTS."

Dungeon Robber is a flash text game that simulates playing AD&D by the AD&D Appendix A dungeon generation rules. You'll probably die a lot, but the game saves every time you head to town. Blog of the creator.
Dungeon Robber comics![more inside]
posted by JHarris on Aug 6, 2013 - 127 comments

"Cruel, but most entertaining for the DM."

Some wonderfully enterprising nerd has created a mod for the real-time grid-based 3D dungeon crawler Legend of Grimrock (twice previously) based on the the Dungeons & Dragons module Tomb of Horrors (previously, funny SA rundown here). It's available via nexusmods and Steam Workshop. Have a nice weekend.
posted by cog_nate on Jul 12, 2013 - 58 comments

Very few imaginations beat an awesome playset

The Fourteen Greatest Action Figure Playsets of All Time
posted by prize bull octorok on Jul 3, 2013 - 156 comments

A Theme Park Adventure with Mud Baths, Saunas, and a Kayak Ride

Jason Thompson (previously on Metafilter), an Eisner nominee who writes about manga and draws comics based on H.P. Lovecraft stories, has created wonderful cartoon maps of some classic Dungeons and Dragons modules. [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Jun 5, 2013 - 11 comments

“I’m done reading these. I thought you might like ’em.”

A lovely recollection of pop-culture mentors, and finding culture pre-internet. "Uncle Mike didn’t play D&D; paintball battles in the Everglades were more his thing. But for the next few years he kept passing along books he’d finished, including 1984’s Dragons Of Autumn Twilight. The first installment of the D&D-based Dragonlance series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, it’s by no means a classic in the genre. But it helped solidify my devotion to what would eventually be called geek culture. Back then, the term would have been meaningless to me. And it would have made my macho Uncle Mike laugh his ass off."
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard on May 31, 2013 - 17 comments

I killed my first D&D monster, and it was a Klan rally!

Mapping D&D combat mechanics to the world of 60s activism is remarkably effective and lots of fun.
posted by 23 on May 4, 2013 - 34 comments

Send to: TSR Hobbies Inc.

Explore exciting worlds of fun, fantasy and adventure with Dungeons & Dragons... [more inside]
posted by griphus on Mar 20, 2013 - 47 comments

RPG Infiltration of the Media Continues Apace

A graduating member of The Animation Workshop in Denmark has produced a cool little short film that, like "Adventure Time", seems to owe a lot to Dungeons & Dragons.
posted by Ipsifendus on Jan 27, 2013 - 18 comments

Critical hit vs. productivity

Brian Posehn has started a new podcast where he plays Dungeons and Dragons with his friends: Nerd Poker. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jan 17, 2013 - 34 comments

"Sweagledactyl": swan stuffed in giant eagle inside a pterodactyl

Courtesy of that saint of old school gaming and dark god of the underworld Jason Sholtis, who runs the awesome, previously-posted blog The Dungeon Dozen, it's a new adventure to run using the game system of your choice: THE SECRET PARTY-HOUSE OF THE HILL GIANT PLAYBOY (PDF viewer w/ available download). Looting, slaying, and party crashing beckon to the bold!
Also from Sholtis: the one-page dungeon FLESH FOR THE WITCH QUEEN. (PDF viewer with download) [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jan 13, 2013 - 12 comments

Go for our eyes, Boo!

The party has been gathered and you will soon venture forth.
posted by griphus on Nov 26, 2012 - 44 comments

I'm a Dungeon Master! I deserve this promotion!

Can playing Dungeons & Dragons make you a more confident and successful person? The PBS Idea Channel posits that playing pen-and-paper role-playing games helps to develop valuable life skills such as problem solving, people management, and abstract thinking.
posted by asnider on Oct 16, 2012 - 77 comments

>WASTE AFTERNOON

The Museum of Computer Adventure Game History in Toronto, Canada is one of the largest collections of adventure and role-playing games and supplements in existence. [more inside]
posted by Shadax on Aug 28, 2012 - 8 comments

I've traveled to the floor of the pit of my own free will.

The trailer for Dungeons and Dragons 3: The Book of Vile Darkness has been released onto the Internet. [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Jun 26, 2012 - 123 comments

APPENDIX G: CONTENTS OF A PIT

RPG blog Hack & Slash's Courtney Campbell has written a pair of expansive guides on trap design (PDF) and treasure (PDF). New treasure and traps are also a mainstay of the blog itself. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Apr 5, 2012 - 18 comments

In 129 the Dwarves made war against the Ogre

How to Host a Dungeon is a solitaire pen-and-paper game in which you create an underground complex of rooms, populate them with various fantasy races and monsters, and simulate its history. At almost any time you can stop and have the basis for a D&D campaign. Here's a YouTube playthrough of a game: Part 1 - Part 2 [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Mar 4, 2012 - 53 comments

Roll 1d12 dot com

It's On The Ceiling! Roll d12:
1. d100 Swords of Damocles
2. City of the Intellectual Bats
3. Manhole-like trap door to maintenance level
4. Tapestry of webs depicting events in spider history
5. Stalactite pueblo dwellers: evil dungeon fairies
6. Adventurers impaled on barbed spikes
7. The furniture: nailed up by prankster
8. Alarming amount of dripping water and muddy seepage
9. Pulsating illumination from strange glass tubes in metal fixtures
10. Shriekers!
11. Eyes (d1000)
12. Hand-chiseled diagram of dungeon level
This and many other useful tables for DM improvisation at The Dungeon Dozen. New table every day!
posted by JHarris on Feb 3, 2012 - 22 comments

The Tome of Awesome

If you enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons or similar fantasy RPGs, or if you just like reading in-depth analysis of fictional worlds, then the Tome of Awesome [pdf] is for you. [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Jan 12, 2012 - 50 comments

How to find an RPG

You've finally gotten over your geek self-loathing, and you've decided to jump back into playing tabletop, pen-and-paper RPGs. But where to begin? [more inside]
posted by jiawen on Jan 10, 2012 - 51 comments

Everything Is Ruined 5.0

The as-yet-unnamed fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons is on its way.
posted by griphus on Jan 9, 2012 - 346 comments

The feat list hurts my brain

Here is Incursion: Halls of the Goblin King, a computer game that adapts the 3rd Edition rules of the Dungeons & Dragons game to roguelikes.
posted by JHarris on Dec 22, 2011 - 25 comments

Nethack over the Net

Here is the Nethack server at alt.org, Telnet link,  Java client, Flash client.  Here is a list of most of the ways to die in the game (dates back to 3.1.3).  And here are a lot of Nethack spoilers.
posted by JHarris on Dec 20, 2011 - 38 comments

Presidential Candidates Explained Through Dungeons and Dragons Character Sheets

Presidential Candidates Explained Through Dungeons and Dragons Character Sheets. That is all.
posted by LarryC on Nov 9, 2011 - 39 comments

Here at the Green Dragon...

The Official Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Coloring Book
posted by griphus on Oct 19, 2011 - 49 comments

Flask Awards +10 CHA

Why it's MC Frontalot (Previously, Interviewed by Metafilter) has a new music video, "Critical Hit" which imagines the future of his career as a D&D game.
posted by The Whelk on Oct 17, 2011 - 36 comments

Less is not more. More is more.

Tired of the D&D Stereotypes of what constitutes armor for women? Tumblr is (of course) to the rescue! Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor.
posted by Navelgazer on Aug 26, 2011 - 156 comments

"Powers that come and go in the night, banish these snail-things from my sight!"

Enter the Dragon: [SLVimeo] A short documentary that explores the Dungeons and Dragons subculture.
posted by Fizz on May 18, 2011 - 22 comments

Will the greatest Dungeon Master ever make his save vs. Hipster or lose his group?

There’s a new indie film in the works about nerd culture and coming to terms with the hipster cooption of the sacred cow of Dungeons & Dragons : Zero Charisma. This is brought to you by two folks Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews who’s prior work includes the cinematography and film editing of Best Worst Movie (previously)
posted by Nanukthedog on May 12, 2011 - 160 comments

You set a magic missile on my heart and charm person on my brain...

Yes I like playing Dungeons and Dragons with you... "This Fantasy World" by the Doubleclicks, with animation by Brad Jonas. [SLYT]
posted by Gator on Mar 11, 2011 - 49 comments

I can't count the reasons I should stay.

Dan Harmon is the creator of the brilliant NBC comedy Community. He recorded a bunch of videos promoting the show on this brilliant promotional site (playing Patrick Isakson, Dean of Admissions). He was not happy when Community moved to 8PM Thursdays. (He talks to himself a lot.) Community's Dungeons and Dragons episode last week (warning: Hulu link) was pretty great, but did you know that Harmon was a member of the Dead Alewives, and wrote and voiced characters in this classic D&D sketch? Here's that sketch's lesser-known second part.
posted by Rory Marinich on Feb 12, 2011 - 97 comments

His name is a +2 Killing Word

The Dune RPG that never was.
posted by Artw on Jan 11, 2011 - 70 comments

Dungeons & Drawings

"Dungeons and Drawings," in which two artists reinterpret the D&D Bestiary.
posted by brundlefly on Dec 21, 2010 - 27 comments

To answer it fully, we would have to define marriage itself.

Dragon Magazine's "Sage Advice" column ran for over 30 years, offering advice to DMs and players about anything and everything within the D&D world. Comics Alliance has compiled The 11 Strangest D&D Questions Ever Asked, culled from this searchable archive.
posted by hippybear on Dec 17, 2010 - 126 comments

The Warlocks of Firetop Mountain

An Illustrated History of Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy - Jackson and Livingstone - audio, sans illustrations. The story of how Steve Jackson (not that Steve Jackson) and Ian Livingstone kickstarted tabletop roleplaying in the UK and founded a gaming behemoth that is very different today.
posted by Artw on Nov 25, 2010 - 42 comments

Did Mike Mearls ruin everything?

"With 4th Edition, there were good intentions." Escapist Magazine's "Check for Traps" columnist Alexander Macris interviews Dungeons & Dragons Manager Mike Mearls about 4th Edition Essentials, Ryan Dancey's "death spiral" comment, Justin Alexander's "Disassociated Mechanics", and the new Red Box.
posted by Avenger50 on Nov 5, 2010 - 44 comments

" Orcs are mammals and therefore do not spawn."

Got a question about old-school Dungeons and Dragons? Perhaps you should consult this database of questions and answers from Dragon Magazine's "Sage Advice" column.
posted by Pope Guilty on Oct 12, 2010 - 144 comments

The Design of Dungeons & Dragons

The Design of Dungeons & Dragons: "When D&D 4th Edition came out in 2008, I was so pleased with the new rulebooks that I decided to write up the design of the various editions. Well, I ended up being too busy to do that. But upon seeing one of the even more impressive D&D Essentials books, I had to revive that project. Get ready for some intense nerdery."
posted by jragon on Oct 8, 2010 - 63 comments

The Dungeon Master short-story

"The Dungeon Master", a short-story about Dungeons and Dragons by Sam Lipsyte in this weeks New Yorker.
posted by stbalbach on Sep 27, 2010 - 69 comments

The Lair of Kazoth

"This map was drawn by my cousin, Tim, who introduced me to gaming back in the earlier '80s."
posted by Artw on May 3, 2010 - 97 comments

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